Arkansas Super PAC Spends $900K On Ads Supporting GOP Senate Candidate Jake Bequette

Arkansas super PAC spends $900K on ads supporting GOP Senate candidate Jake Bequette

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FIRST ON FOX: The super PAC aligned with Arkansas Republican Senate candidate Jake Bequette purchased nearly $ 900,000 in broadcast and cable ads in the state in support of the former NFL player and US Army veteran’s campaign, Gadget Clock has learned.

This week, the Arkansas Patriots Fund spent $ 893,367 in pro-Bequette ads, which began airing on Tuesday night.

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The super PAC put $ 561,000 toward ads on broadcast and $ 332,367 on cable.

“Democrats are destroying our country. Too many Republicans are too weak to stop them,” the ad says, showing an image of incumbent Arkansas GOP Sen. John Boozman with the words “RINO Republicans” blaring on the screen.

Former President Trump, right, endorsed GOP Sen.  John Boozman, R-Ark., Left, in March 2021.

Former President Trump, right, endorsed GOP Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., Left, in March 2021.
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The ad highlights Bequette’s college football career, his time playing professionally for the New England Patriots and his decision to join the military. Bequette enlisted in the US Army in August 2017, completed Army Ranger school in October 2018 and became part of the 101st Airborne Division deployed to Iraq.

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“Now, Bequette is volunteering for duty in the US Senate,” the ad says. “Conservative, God-fearing, Arkansas Razorback, American patriot.”

Jake Bequette of the Arkansas Razorbacks warms up before a game against the New Mexico Lobos at War Memorial Stadium on Sept.  10, 2011, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks beat the Lobos 52-3.

Jake Bequette of the Arkansas Razorbacks warms up before a game against the New Mexico Lobos at War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 10, 2011, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Razorbacks beat the Lobos 52-3.
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The size of the ad buy is striking. Neither the Bequette campaign nor the Boozman campaign have purchased ad time yet.

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Politico first reported in October that Dick Uihlein, a conservative mega donor, gave $ 1 million to the Arkansas Patriots Fund super PAC in support of Bequette.

Former pro football player and Iraq War veteran Jake Bequette, in a campaign video, announces his 2022 Republican primary challenge against Sen.  John Boozman of Arkansas, on July 12, 2021.

Former pro football player and Iraq War veteran Jake Bequette, in a campaign video, announces his 2022 Republican primary challenge against Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, on July 12, 2021.
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Bequette has recently seen endorsements from Reps. Madison Cawthorn, RN.C., and Burgess Owens, R-Utah.

But Boozman enjoys an endorsement from former President Trump, who threw his support behind the candidate in March 2021, months before Bequette launched his campaign.

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“No one has more respect for President Trump than me, and that endorsement came before I got into the race,” Bequette said in an interview with Gadget Clock last month, vowing to “stand unafraid and unapologetically” for pro-American policies and traditional. American values ​​if elected.

Meanwhile, according to Federal Election Commission data as of Dec. 31, 2021, Boozman is far ahead of his primary challengers, with $ 3.5 million cash on hand. At the time, Bequette’s campaign reported having $ 411,000 cash on hand, with Jan Morgan reporting just over ,000 59,000.

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